July 9, 2017

Hakumyi Crater, Ceres

Hakumyi Crater, Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of Hakumyi Crater on Ceres, visible left of center. The crater is named after a Paraguayan, Brazilian and Bolivian spirit said to be helpful in gardening.

Hakumyi, 18 miles (29 kilometers) in diameter, is located about 43 miles (70 kilometers) west of Ernutet Crater. Ernutet is where scientists found evidence of organic material, thanks to Dawn's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer.

Evidence for organics was also found at the 4-mile (6.5 kilometer) wide fresh crater on the southern rim of Hakumyi and on the lobe-shaped flow of material that runs into Hakumyi. These two features look relatively young in comparison to the rest of Hakumyi Crater, whose rims and overall shape are subdued. The lobate flow is reminiscent of the Type I flows identified in multiple places at high latitudes on Ceres, and suggests a significant amount of ice near the surface.

Dawn took this image on August 20, 2015, from 915 miles (1,470 kilometers) altitude. The center coordinates of this image are 48.9 degrees north latitude and 27.0 degrees east longitude.

Image Credit: NASA
Explanation from: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21413

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